Program Learning Outcomes

Students who complete courses in the Biological Sciences will:

Demonstrate ability to read and comprehend biological texts

  • Comprehend key biological terms, concepts, and principles.
  • Attribute ideas to persons and time periods.

Demonstrate scientific reasoning

  • Describe the scientific method and its use in developing the body of biological knowledge.
  • Apply the scientific method to design and run an experiment including generating hypothesis, data analysis, and making inferences.

Demonstrate critical thinking

  • Evaluate merits and claims of biological issues and develop a logically structured argument that reflects biological facts and evidence.
  • Critically analyze and debate biological issues.

Demonstrate information literacy

  • Locate and evaluate information and its sources critically.
  • Use information effectively, ethically, and with appropriate attribution to accomplish a specific purpose.

Demonstrate an understanding of how biological sciences connect to society

  • Analyze personal lifestyle and global issues from a biological perspective and assess the relevance of biology to solving contemporary problems in human society.
  • Develop a broad understanding of the place of humans on the planet, and evaluate desirable and undesirable practices of humans.

Includes BIOLO, BOTAN, MICRO, ZOOLO

Source: 2018 Biological Sciences Annual Update submission